By Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas
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A story of fake Fortunes is a masterful translation of Enchi Fumiko's (1905-1986) sleek vintage, Namamiko monogatari. Written in 1965, this prize-winning paintings of historial fiction provides another account of an imperial love affair narrated within the eleventh-century romance A story of Flowering Fortunes (Eiga monogatari). either tales are set within the Heian courtroom of the emperor Ichijo (980-1011) and inform of the ill-fated love among the emperor and his first consort, Teishi, and of the political rivalries that threaten to divide them. whereas the sooner paintings could be considered principally as a panegyric to the omnipotent regent Fujiwara no Michinaga, Enchi's account emphasizes Teishi's the Aristocracy and devotion to the emperor and celebrates her "moral victory" over the regent, who conspired to divert the emperor's attentions towards his personal daughter, Shoshi.
Roger Thomas' finished translation makes on hand for the 1st time in English what's thought of the best paintings by means of one in all Japan's smooth masters of prose.
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On the tenth day of the fourth month of Chòtoku 1, Regent Michitaka passed away at the relatively young age of fortythree. It was only natural that Korechika, who earlier had been commissioned by the emperor to act in Michitaka’s stead as regent during the latter’s illness, should desire to maintain a grip on the reins of power and succeed to the position of regent, just as his father had wished. For his young age, Korechika excelled in learning and ability and was, moreover, of a handsome appearance.
Her attendants fled, and as she was about to be kidnapped, she was rescued by Yukikuni who, as luck would have it, was passing by. Following the description of this episode, A Tale of False Fortunes notes: 52 c A Tale of False Fortunes However, this too had something about it that bespoke Michinaga’s cunning. Yukikuni was a handsome young man with a strong constitution, and Michinaga often gave him charge of tasks, saying that he was the surest among the Imperial Police to accomplish an assignment.
As recorded in A Tale of False Fortunes, Toyome’s words to Kaneie at that time were as follows: I am truly grateful that Your Lordship should grant the request of one so inept as I, and that you are willing to take Ayame into your service. Ayame is now fifteen years old, and her younger sister Kureha is only twelve. When Kureha is a few years older, I hope that she too might attend His Lordship’s wife. If I can entrust my daughters to His Lordship, I shall have no worry about their future. But I should like to make just one request: I do not want them to work as mediums.
A Tale of False Fortune by Fumiko Enchi, Roger K. Thomas